Silence of the Lambs focuses on a number of issues relating to tribal development in India general and Nehru’s Panchasheela in particular for tribal development. The author argues that development programs affecting the ecosystem should not be undertaken. Tribal Attappady Valley should be free of liquor so that the malnutrition and other health hazards including infant mortality and problems of unwed mothers among the tribal people can be prevented. The author successfully draws the picture of Bharathapuzha river valley civilization and degradation of Nelliyampathy forests as well as Parmbikulam Tiger Reserves. He is very critical of the sand mining mafia in Bharathapuzha. He has a wide range of field experience in conducting studies on the problems of tribal development. The book will be of use to policy makers, planners, researchers as well as scholars engaged in the study of socio-cultural anthropology and sociology—writes well known social anthropologist PRG Mathur.